Young Buck has done more dirt in his tumultuous 21 years than, than most will endure in their entire life. Hell, one might think hed be labeled Old Steed rather than Young Buck based on life experience.
Regardless, as one of the celebrated factions in G-Units lyrical militia, hes the next bullet out the chamber to blast you with more of the patented gangsta weve come to expect from the crew that made bulletproof fashion vogue.
Young Bucks upcoming album, Straight Outta Cashville, is dropping soon and the Nashville native tries to kill any preconceived notions about his hometown. With dues paid, Buck is ready to reap the rewards as he tells AllHipHop why he deserves to be let in.
AllHipHop.com: Ok, lets start with the name, youre 23 years old. How long are you gonna be a young buck?
Young Buck: Till my dying day, Im always gonna be young at heart. Thats why tattooed it on my chest over my heart.
AllHipHop.com: When you get older are you gonna drop the young and just be Buck?
YB: Then Ill be Uncle Buck. Or you can call me Daddy Buck. (laughs)
AllHipHop.com: Are you daddy buck right now? You have any kids?
YB: Yeah Im daddy buck, I have a little girl.
AllHipHop.com: How does being a father affect your career?
YB: With her being a little girl, she brings out a side of me I didnt even know I had; ya know that ole sensitive side.
AllHipHop.com: Thugs and gangstas arent supposed to be sensitive. So do you consider yourself a thug or a gangsta?
YB: I consider myself as someone who handles his business, if thats what a thug and a gangsta is, then it is what it is. I just get down.
AllHipHop.com: To be so young you have been getting down for a while. Do you think its good for someone to start in this industry at such a young age.
YB: Hell yeah the sooner, the better.
AllHipHop.com: It hasnt been easy on you personally or professionally.
YB: No, I wouldnt recommend the lifestyle I lived on nobody. It was far from fuckin Silver Spoons or anything like that. I come from nothing. My father was a crack fiend and my mother was a single parent and she did whatever she could to provide for. Me and her two kids, plus she got custody of her sisters kids because her sister was a crack fiend too. My house was always full from the beginning so there really wasnt a childhood for Young Buck, its like youre the man of the situation from the very beginning, so thats where the whole drug selling thang and all that extra shit came from.
AllHipHop.com: Knowing what drugs did to your family, why is that the way you chose to take care of your family?
YB: That was the quickest way that I could take care of my family. You can work a 9-5 but you gotta wait a week for a paycheck. It only takes 24 hours for someone to starve to death, ya heard?
AllHipHop.com: Do you regret having done it?
YB: Naw, I dont regret nothing, I dont regret one piece of crack I sold, I dont regret one nigga I shot at, and I damn sure dont regret the mutha fuckin police I ran from. I feel like the shit you go thru in life makes you who you are.
AllHipHop.com: So who are you from having gone through all that?
YB: Im David Brown aka Young Buck. All the shit I done been through makes up who I am, all of that before the age of 21. Buck is about the situation. A lot of people are like damn that nigga was shot and everything. People think that shit is gangsta, that shit aint.
AllHipHop.com: Is that what it takes to get street credibility these days is to get shot?
YB: I think maybe people think to get credibility you gotta get shot but that aint the shit.
AllHipHop.com: Thats because theyve never been shot.
YB: I think whats gangsta is being able to overcome that, handling it from that situation and then coming back and taking care of your business, thats gangsta.
AllHipHop.com: Did you jump right back into the same thing that got you shot once you recovered?
YB: Hell naw, I realized that that shit wasnt really for me. It wasnt like it was a life threatening shot or anything I only got shot in the arm and the leg, but the way that the shit happened caused me to say fuck that Im about to really get off into this music thing and see whats up.
AllHipHop.com: So thats when you hooked up with Cash Money. Do you think if you hadve stayed with CM as opposed to rolling with G-Unit that people would still label you as gangsta or would you be more of a party type artist?
YB: People get that from my real life experiences, Im not new to these streets or the street life period. Im young Im only 23 years old but in my life Ive done some shit and Ive maneuvered like a 29, 30 year old would all before I was even 21. The gangsta side was there even when I was with Cash Money, no matter what Im gonna get that thug outlook because of the shit that Ive been through so Im always gonna be looked at like that. Im not no nigga who ever had a job or nothing like that, I really sold drugs, I really did this shit and got down how I say so in a sense its thug or gangsta or whatever but I dont like to label myself like that. I let you be the judge of calling me what you want. Im just a nigga who handled his business.
AllHipHop.com: What are you about if youre not about the gangsta stuff?
AllHipHop.com: Im all about the gangsta stuff when its time for it. As far as all that other shit I feel like its a gimmick. Them motherf**kers portraying the gangsta image thats a bluff. Ill laugh and smile and joke and everything else but when its time to get up off that Im gonna handle mine like any gangsta would.
AllHipHop.com: As far as youve come with your success if youre at a club or something and someone comes up to you to test your gangsta so to speak youd risk throwing it all away instead of just walking away?
YB: I really dont put myself in a vulnerable position to allow something like that to happen.
AllHipHop.com: But just because of who you roll with, doesnt that put you in a vulnerable position?
YB: Yeah but, you probably wouldnt even catch me in a club, but to answer your question yeah I would, if my life is on the line, Ill do anything to protect it.
AllHipHop.com: What about your little girl, wouldnt you think about her?
YB: I love her to death but daddy gotta be here to be able to tell her he love her and take care of her so if my life is threatened Im gonna do whatever I gotta do to protect it.
AllHipHop.com: Are you and your childs mother together.
YB: Naw, but we cool we dont beef.
AllHipHop.com: Im sure shes happy for your success.
YB: Im sure she is (he laughs).
AllHipHop.com: So youre single?
YB: Im single like a Pringle.
AllHipHop.com: How is your relationship with Cash Money?
YB: We see each other speak and keep it moving. Were cool though no love lost.
AllHipHop.com: How do you think your career would be different if you had stayed with them?
YB: I probably wouldve never came out.
AllHipHop.com: Whats all that about? I read that you were with them for about 4 years just waiting for your turn, why?
YB: I dont know, honestly I feel like if I was still there I probably wouldnt have an album or any material because I know its a few cats that was there before I was there and are still there and still dont have any material out.
AllHipHop.com: Why would they invest time and money into bringing you out there just to have you sitting around?
YB: That was my question for a long time until I realized I wasnt gonna get an answer to that question, it just dont make sense to me. I would record songs but when it came time for the material to be dropped no song that I did was on none of them tracks. But I think theyre careers took off and that was half the reason I was pushed to the back.
AllHipHop.com: What was it about Juvenile that you all clicked and made you go off with him?
YB: During my time with Cash Money, me BG and Juve was real close. They were the oldest ones and I never really hung with nobody in my age range or younger. I was always hanging with the older cats so me and him kinda clicked from the beginning, so when it came time for him to do his own thang, we was already partners. They used to come and hang in my city and everything for like a year, it was different.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of your hometown- when I think I Nashville I dont think ghetto or hip-hop even, naturally you think country or Johnny Cash, tell me a little something about where your from?
YB: I think the first thing when anybody says Nashville they think that, thats why I dont say Nashville I say Cashville and I put a dollar sign on the s. I dont say Tennessee I say Ten-A-Key (as in kilo) at the same time I come from a city thats shielded with this country music shit, youll fuck yourself up thinking its like that and you get there and realize that the hip-hop overshadows all of that. Im only that made it out of a big bubble, theres thousands more young bucks out there. I think I have a new sound that has the world paying a little bit of attention to me but once they get a hold of half the other talent thats down there that has this new sound then theyll start understanding where Im from and my environment more.
AllHipHop.com: Are you going back bringing people up?
YB: Definitely I already started, I got a cat named D-Tay, hes on my project hes presented on my album and he started the music thang with me from day one.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of your album, lets talk about that.
YB: Its definitely finished I just shot my first video; Let Me In and I shot the video in Cashville. I named my album Straight Outta Cashville. I got that concept from Straight Outta Compton, (NWA) I feel like out of that album they established who they were and what they were about, you know they was like fuck the police and even if you wasnt from LA you knew the shit they was going thru and thats really what I want to do with my album. I really want to let you know where Im from, what Im about, the shit Im going thru, what I think Im going through or what I think Im gonna go through.
AllHipHop.com: Being from the west coast I think its dope that you recognize West Coast influence what other influences are on your album.
YB: Music period, but you get a lot of west coast influence out of me Im a big west coast music fan as a matter of fact Snoop and the whole Dogg Pound are on my album. I love the west; yall got some little thugettes out there too.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah we do, so what other collabos are on the album?
YB: I got Lil Flip, David Banner, and a new cat just signed with Shady/Aftermath Stat Quo, my homeboy D-Tay, the regulars Tony Yayo, Game, 50, Banks, Snoop and the whole Dogg Pound (Soopafly & Daz Dilinger) and T.I. I got a lot of features.
AllHipHop.com: How would you describe it?
YB: I think Southern artists are more respected for our slang and the way we say shit you know like right thurr, ya know, niggas be really on the slang. That part is natural with me, because Im country to the heart. But I focus mainly on my lyrics and that together gives me something different.
AllHipHop.com: How is it working with Em and 50 and who do you spend more time with?
YB: I spend more time with 50 but I work with them both, its a pleasure working with someone you never thought youd work with so when you get the chance you cherish the moment.
AllHipHop.com: When does the album drop?
YB: July 13.
AllHipHop.com: Is the success everything you dreamed it would be and how are you adjusting to the fame?
YB: It really is everything I imagined, the adjustment has been good. Its been a long time coming for me and I had a lot of time to think about what Id do when I got to this point and it happened. I hate to be arrogant but its the truth. I was one of those cats who knew I would be successful doing something. I didnt know it would be this right here in this way but I knew it would be something. I always prepared myself for having finances Ive been able to have a little something coming up as far as finances but it was illegal so its not like having something is entirely new to me.
AllHipHop.com: But doesnt it feel so much better when its legitimate money?
YB: Oh yeah.
AllHipHop.com: So whats next from here, if you could choose what you wanted to do from this point on what would it be?
YB: Id be over at your house.
AllHipHop.com: Something youd get paid to do.
YB: You know I really just want to use this as a stepping-stone to get into movies and all that. I really like cars so I want to do my own rims. Im in the process of making that happen right now, so I can be sitting on my own 26s (rims). Anything thats with making legal money that fits in my jurisdiction, holla at the kid. Maybe Ill even run a couple whorehouses.
AllHipHop.com: Well youll have to got to Nevada or Amsterdam for that. What final thoughts about Young Buck do you want to leave the people with?
YB: Just remember that he came from nothing and made something, took the rap game and used it to branch off and make things happen outside of rap.